Tomáš Kubínek

Master of Ceremonies

Tomáš Kubínek was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, grew up in Canada, and now resides in the United States. Over the past three decades, he has appeared in more than 30 countries as a featured solo-artist at theaters, opera houses, and international festivals.

Al Simmons

Musical Mayhem

Hailed as a “one man cast of thousands,” Al Simmons brings music and comedy together to inspire toe tapping and belly laughing that will appeal to the whole family.

Anne Glover

String-ful Stories

Anne Glover is a renowned storyteller who will string you along with her amazing string figures and unforgettable tales, delighting young and less-young alike.

Architects of Air

Immersive Art

Enter a magical world of light and color as Architects of Air invites everyone to experience the world in an entirely new—and luminous—way.

Brien Engel

Glassware Genius

Brien Engel knows there is an entire orchestra in your kitchen cabinets and he’ll prove it with his astonishing music created by using simple glassware as his instrument.

Watershow Productions

Daring Divers

Fearlessly diving from great heights, these death-defying performers will inspire gasps with every splash—and maybe they’ll set a world record along the way!

Dustbowl Revival

Bluesy Soul

Performing a potent combination of brass spiced soul and country blues, Dustbowl Revival offers up music that sounds both timeless and current.

The Float Parade

Fantastical Extravaganza

Inspired by the annual Bosch Parade in the Netherlands, this incomparable parade down the Iowa River will feature fanciful, fantastical, fabulous floats designed and created by Quixotic Cirque Nouveau.

Each float will be emblazoned with a flag designed by students at area schools. Participating school include Iowa City High School, Iowa City West High School, Liberty High School, Regina High School, Clear Creek Amana High School, Regina Junior High School, South East Junior High School, Clear Creek Amana Junior High School, Northwest Junior High School, and North Central Junior High School. Support for this project was provided by the Iowa City Community School Foundation.

The Flying Cortes

Audacious Acrobats

Whether walking high wires or swinging from trapezes, the Flying Cortes are dazzling acrobats who make seemingly impossible feats both beautiful and spectacular.

Machine Dazzle

Design Dazzler

One of today’s most intriguing artists returns to Iowa City with a seven-statue interactive installation based on the Seven Virtues, reimagined to celebrate the importance of water in all of our lives.

Red Baraat

Unifying Music Makers

Red Baraat is committed to “manifesting joy and unity in all people” via the band’s unique merging of hip-hop, jazz, and punk with North Indian bhangra.


Magnificent Movers

Choreographer Victor Quijada and his exceptional troupe of dancers will celebrate the Iowa River in a new work, titled River Thread, that invites the community to join in the joy of motion and flow.

Terrance Simien

Bayou’s Best

A longtime friend of Hancher, Grammy winner Terrance Simien will bring the sounds of the bayou to the banks of the Iowa River.

Tino Wallenda

Famous Flying Family

At 69 years of age, Tino Wallenda is still amazing audiences with his tightrope walking prowess. During The Big Splash! he will walk on a wire stretched across the Iowa River.

Flying Wallendas

Legendary Wire Walker

One of the most famous and beloved circus families in the world, the Wallendas will thrill the crowd with feats of tightrope walking throughout the weekend.